A place too small to gather an army.
Posted 13 December 2006 - 02:42 PM
Did that make any sense?
What I am attempting to get at is: How do you, the seasoned veterans, assemble a crew of your own for either a short or feature-length film. I've worked on many a 'deferred payment' film, and have never received a dime, sadly enough. Maybe I am looking for hope that there are people still out there that are still after the material, not the paycheck.
Hope some of you can boost my spirits and offer some advice and insight? Thanks a million.
Posted 14 December 2006 - 12:53 AM
Posted 14 December 2006 - 04:33 AM
If someone is assigned as grip or gaffer, they should know to not hover around the camera interfering with the Camera Op & DP by checking out the composition. Making sure there's an established respect for the Director and AD I think is crucial too, as I've noticed that a lot of people get offended by a razoredged AD who's "barking" orders.
James said it right, everyone should treat the project with the highest professionalism...sadly, a lot of free crew members haven't reached that level and don't know proper etiquette.
Posted 14 December 2006 - 08:50 AM
It certainly inspires me to be the best I can on a set, so I know for sure my crew and actors trust me.
Posted 14 December 2006 - 09:57 AM
> a lot of people get offended by a razoredged AD who's "barking" orders.
I've also seen more than one razoredged AD get away with it, so don't let yours.
Also, for some reason, grips and electrics seem to be just incredibly grumpy all the time - and that's something, coming from me. I think "Is It Just Me, Or Is Everything poop" is an encyclopedia, and I find electrics grumpy. Don't let 'em get away with it.
Posted 14 December 2006 - 11:17 AM
Feed you crew well. Don't rent a $5000 camera and grip package and then tell them: there is no money for anything but pizza everyday.
Posted 14 December 2006 - 11:08 PM
- To get people who are iwlling to work free, go the student orute... especially if you've got one or two expereinced guys to work with a bunch of first timers, or those who are barely expereinced... like when I gaff my friends poop, having the "PAs" run my camlock, but teaching them how to hook up the lines, in what order, and why.
- More random: unless you're paying or on a higher-level production, I'd avoid using the term PA, especially as an acronym... most people tend to say it in a very demeaning way; (ie "Can't we just get some PA to do it?")
- Maybe its just thep people I shoot with, but we were "taught" never to interfere with the director (and to a certain extent the DPs) creative vision. One person calls the shots, and the rest of us our there to work... your crew should know that; and when you're directing them well and keeping them busy (as James eluded to) they should know that to.
- When your working free, the "little" stuff -- fresh coffee with each meal, Red Bulls, decent food, snacks throughout the day, a crew van, etc. -- really goes a long way.
- I may be the only G+E who'd be happy eating pizza on set twice a day, every day
Hope that this helps,